Characters of habit, they call us - whoever 'they' are. No matter how hard we try, we always seem to find ourselves falling into some kind of routine. It's comforting and, quite frankly, we often need it to stop us from going insane.
For many travellers the Netherlands is all about Amsterdam, although plenty of other places in the country warrant a visit. Rotterdam, the nation's second city, is a viable destination for a weekend break and has much to offer, particularly if you're an architecture aficionado.
English whisky? We are in Scotland, right? To be precise we're at the Roxburghe Hotel, a country house hotel near Kelso and checking the bar menu for a drink before dinner. And there it is... an English whisky. And a Scottish vodka, a Bulgarian vodka, Indian, Japanese and Swedish whiskies, and a range of Scottish gins.
Malibu: home of Barbie, 27 miles of SoCal coast, and some of the world's wealthiest, its a playground for Hollywood's rich and famous. But what does it have for the everyday holiday maker? Well, quite a lot as it turns out.
There was a time when I thought that travel was about getting to the top of a volcano or uncovering the trendiest bar in town. If anything, being in Uruguay made me realise that travel is about relishing the day to day
Tired, stressed and in need of some sun? Apparently the average Brit now 'needs' a holiday every 56 days. But are we getting enough?
People travel for different reasons, but one way you can give your travel meaning is by also volunteering while you are abroad. We encourage every one of you to get out there, explore the world and make your own adventures, memories and most importantly - make an impact...
Locals usually hold strong opinions about where the food is good and which places should be avoided, and whether you're looking for fine dining, classic local dishes or no-fuss street food, having some insider knowledge will ensure a more authentic dining experience.
It was under a giant mango tree in a remote village monastery in South East Asia earlier this year that I felt closest to my son.
NOT easy being a travel writer, for ever stuck with trying to breathe life into these fantastical places, and only words, words, words with which to describe them. To do a decent job, you really need pictures.
Trying to find the hotel in a network of busy Newcastle streets, in our case during a rainy rush hour, is very misleading. But find Jesmond Dene Road, descend a small hill which magically becomes a country lane within a few yards, and the traffic is replaced by trees.
Train, coach and ferry delays are also subject to compensations imposed by European law, but have received far less publicity. This is for a simple reason: Companies operating trains, coaches and ferries simply pay up when they are responsible for delays. It could really be this simple.
I traveled to the stunning ancient Nabatean city of Petra in southern Jordan, across the border from the kibbutz where I had lived for seven years.
Asia offers an astounding variety of travel destinations. There are so many, in fact, that it can be difficult to decide where to go first and which to miss because of time constraints. The reality is that it's impossible to cover them all in one trip unless you're lucky enough to have plenty of time and money to spare.
Roll up, roll up! A couple of special events are running in Edinburgh with an expiration date in October! Historical Chinese art at the National Museum of Scotland and the first ever Edinburgh Restaurant Festival (until 23 October) are events are not to be missed.
During my time in the capital I have become increasingly aware that we really do have it all, world-class museums and galleries, diverse restaurants, outstanding architecture and whimsical bars.